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    ...annnnnd a Banjo reference right off the top. True cleric shop talk.

    And that actually nicely resolves a plot hole in Norse mythology regarding those who die of too much victory feasting.
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    How sweet the clerics having a bit o' tea.

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    I can't help but feel that the panel with Xykon is more important than it looks.
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    Awesome comic! Keep up the great work, Giant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty View Post
    I can't help but feel that the panel with Xykon is more important than it looks.
    He's looking for O-Chul and for his phylactery, and the power of Tiamat can probably get through the abjurations on both. So it's not necessarily important, but filling in a (what turns out to be minor) plot hole.

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    Well, looks like those people who speculated Xykon had gone to visit the Oracle were spot on!

    I rather liked the little pause in the action here - seems like the plot recently picked up at breakneck pace, so this is a welcome breather.

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    So Xykon actually follows a God. Intresting. Here I thought he was freelancer.

    I like the swapping of the drink. The 'hey look' trick is usually to switch the other guys drink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsavereide View Post
    So Xykon actually follows a God.
    Erm. No. The point of that panel is that the Oracle of the Sunken Valley, follower of Tiamat, is keeping out of world politics by dodging Xykon.
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    love that durkons distracts him to spike his drink with his hip flask, must be hard all these years with barely any good booze

    also love that instead of dying a natural death most dwarves prefer to fight a tree tell they die.
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    Win. Just win. They are honored out of respect for the livers... wow. Dwarves. Gotta laugh at/love them.
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    Well well,

    looks like we have a clue as to where Xykon sneaks off to. Or at least where he snuck off to this time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsavereide View Post
    So Xykon actually follows a God. Intresting. Here I thought he was freelancer.
    I took that panel to be referring to the Oracle following Tiamat, rather than Xykon - it's a coincidence that by referencing the Oracle, we are given a glimpse of what X was up to.

    Edit - Ninja'd, of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kish View Post
    Erm. No. The point of that panel is that the Oracle of the Sunken Valley, follower of Tiamat, is keeping out of world politics by dodging Xykon.
    Alternately, that Malack's assessment of Tiamat's followers is incorrect, and the Oracle has stepped out to engage in some act likely to have worldwide consequences (possibly involving Vaarsuvius).

    Or, most likely, both at the same time.
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    Nice. Interesting to hear who Malack worships.

    (There's a typo in panel 10: "goddes" should have two S's.)
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    Great comic. Really like learning about the belief systems and mechanics of both the dwarfs and lizardfolk. Plus may have a new sig in the whole "only the good die for good"

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    Great Comic Giant!!!!

    I love the way Malac views Death as more neutral (which in my opinion is the best way to handle it)

    Also Hail the brave livers that gave their lives to protect their alcoholic owners!

    Edit:Mr. Scruffy recieved a treat!!! how thoughtful of Malack or more probably Durkon.
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    I also find it kind of odd that Malack worships human gods. It's only a bit more odd than Durkon doing the same...
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    Good job! Not the same kind of laugh-out-loud antics like the past strips, but still quite entertaining.

    Very slight nitpick; Hel is not supposed to look beautiful. She's supposed to have one half of her face (well, body, really) look disease-ridden and dead. Of course, artistic license, so whatever. In the end, it's still a good comic, and it's not supposed to be mythologically accurate.

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    I noticed how Malack didn't explicitly say that he or his god were not evil.

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    Heh, expansion on the Northern pantheon's rules is fun.
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    Malack worships one human god and one lion-headed lizard god. The lion tail? Oh, that's there for the look of the thing. Everyone knows that the bits that aren't lion are lizard, so no need to go overboard with the underlying lizard bits.

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    Love the hip-flask. Imported dwarven ale, or does he make do with the watery human-made stuff that he can find just about anywhere?

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    Y'know, it's really quite nice to see the two of them getting along directly.

    Nice to know there isn't any direct hatred between the two simply because they worship different pantheons.

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    no plot advancement, but still a nice little informative update.... here I thought durkon was gonna do somethign to royally offend malack (came kinda close though)

    Well, it's good to know that Durkon's grandfather went to the good afterlife in the end ^^

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    I like the panel with Xykon. I didn't see that coming. Great call-out to the main plot in an otherwise relaxed strip!
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    Kind of a mix between filler and remembering the side plot about getting the OotS back together via talking to Kilkil and keeping up the plot, plus a good little punchline there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treyh37 View Post
    also love that instead of dying a natural death most dwarves prefer to fight a tree tell they die.
    Or anything that would justify an honorable death in combat.

    A dwarf drinking until they're completely smashed and feeding themselves to a dragon in order to kill it via alcohol poisoning?
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    Always interesting to find out more about the Western Continent.

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    Glad to see my Nergal guess confirmed. And kudos to whoever called Ereshkigal. (Ereshkagal looks like a typo?)
    The last line really got me laughing, and may even beat the previous wonderful strip, which is saying something.

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